Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 9, 2014)
Word of the Day

termagant

Definition:(noun) A quarrelsome, scolding woman.
Synonyms:shrew
Usage: His aunt was such a termagant that he dreaded her annual visit.
Article of the Day

Reggae

Reggae is a form of popular music that developed in the 1960s among the Jamaican poor. It draws on American "soul" music and traditional African and Jamaican folk music, as well as ska—Jamaican-British dance-hall music. Many of reggae's highly political songs proclaim the tenets of the Rastafarian religious movement. Instrumentation accents the upbeat and usually includes an ensemble of organ, piano, drums, bass, and electric guitars. What are some theories on the origin of the term "reggae"? More...
This Day in History

America's First Serving African-American Governor Takes Office (1872)

Born to a former slave and a white planter, Pinckney Pinchback was America's first African-American governor. During the American Civil War, he raised and led a company of black Union volunteers, called the Corps d'Afrique, in Union-held New Orleans. After the war, he was elected to the Louisiana senate and served as lieutenant governor. In 1872, he became governor when Henry Warmoth was impeached. How long was it before another African American held a gubernatorial office in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

John Milton (1608)

Considered the greatest English poet after William Shakespeare, Milton wrote 23 sonnets that are accepted as among the best ever written as well as the epic Paradise Lost. This masterpiece reworks Classical epic conventions to recount the fall of man in blank verse and contains a portrayal of Satan so compelling that many 19th century critics considered him, not Adam, to be the real hero of the epic. The 12-volume work was completed well after Milton became blind. How did he compile it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a great beautifier.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Today's Holiday

Tanzania Independence Day (2015)

Tanzania Independence Day is a celebration of the independence—from the British in 1961—of Tanganyika, which merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to become Tanzania. The day is a national holiday celebrated with parades, youth leagues marching before the president at the stadium in Dar es Salaam, school games, cultural dances, and aerobatics by the air force. More...
In the News

Einstein's Personal Life, Now Online

If you've ever wondered about the man behind the principle of relativity, now you can know him better: the Einstein Papers Project has made accessible online 5,000 searchable documents from the first 44 years of Albert Einstein's life. Before, these letters, diaries, and scientific papers were mainly used by scholars, but now anyone can read—in Einstein's own words—about his transformation from mediocre student to world famous scientific genius. As the papers highlight Einstein's wit, work ethic, and large network of friends, the publishers hope they will dispel the notion of him as an isolated "mad" scientist. More...
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